How Can I Protect Myself Against Acid Erosion?

Your tooth enamel may be the strongest substance in your body. However, it’s still prone to acid erosion. When enamel erodes, your teeth become prone to cavities and decay. If the enamel decays, you’ll easily react to hot or cold foods/drinks/sweets because the acid can get through the holes in your enamel and travel to the nerves inside it. Fortunately, there are ways to protect you against acid erosion and tooth decay.

But before knowing how to protect yourself against acid erosion, let’s first discuss the things that can destroy your enamel:

  • Bacteria found in your mouth produce acids. These acids can eat away your enamel. If you don’t brush your teeth regularly, your condition will get worse.
  • Sour foods. In addition to sugary foods/drinks, sour foods contain a lot of acids that can cause enamel erosion.
  • Gerd (Acid Reflux). It can bring stomach acids to your mouth, causing damage to your tooth enamel.
  • Dry mouth. If you suffer from dry mouth, you’re more likely to suffer from acid erosion. Saliva can help in preventing tooth decay by washing away bacteria acids. Furthermore, saliva also lowers acids to an acceptable level.

So, how can you protect your tooth enamel against acid erosion?

The best way to prevent acid erosion is to stop or reduce your intake of acidic drinks and foods. You should avoid sodas, juices, and citrus fruits.

After you drink an acidic beverage, rinse your mouth with water. Use a straw when drinking sodas and fruit juices to bypass your teeth. When drinking these beverages, make sure that you’re not swishing them in your mouth and further exposing your teeth to acid.

Another way to diminish acidity is to drink a glass of milk or eat a piece of cheese after having a meal to cancel out acids. It’s also useful to chew a sugar-free gum, which can lower the amount of acid present in your mouth. Furthermore, chewing gum encourages more saliva production. Saliva can strengthen your teeth because of the vital minerals it has. And if you have a dry mouth, make sure that you drink plenty of water.

It’s also vital that you use a soft toothbrush. When you brush your teeth, avoid brushing too hard. After eating or drinking acidic foods/drinks, make sure to wait half an hour before you brush your teeth. Acidic foods/drinks can soften enamel making your teeth prone to damage from brushing.

You should also use toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride. When you visit Manhattan Beach Dental Center, our dentists will examine your teeth and recommend the best toothpaste for your condition.

What if you have damaged enamel?

Enamel can still be repaired, but it depends on your case. It’s best to consult your dentist to discuss the best way to fix it. If you have worn down or chipped tooth, bonding may be the best choice to protect your tooth against further damage.

About James Kline DDS

My name is Dr. James Kline, and it has been my pleasure to serve the South Bay for 38 years in the same location at Manhattan Beach Dental Center. A California native, I received my pre-dental education at Pasadena Nazarene College. At the age of 21, I started Dental School at the University of Southern California where I was graduated in 1973. As a result of their excellent training, I am very comfortable performing more involved procedures like Root Canal Therapy and Oral Surgery such as Wisdom Tooth Extractions. Continuous training allows me to provide Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. For your convenience, I have a Dental Laboratory on the premises. This allows me to work closely with the Dental Technician to fabricate the most functional and esthetic Partials and Dentures. I am also able to accommodate emergency Denture Repairs on the spot.As your General Dentist, I care about your dental conditions as it relates to your overall health and well being. Your comfort during dental procedures is my highest concern. I work at your pace and offer free Nitrous Oxide Gas. I remain committed to giving you a healthy and attractive smile with honest and conservative treatment while developing a long term relationship.My hobbies include traveling, fishing, Texas Hold’em, Swimming, and Singing. My passion is Barbershop Quartet Singing which I started at age twelve. It has allowed me to perform in concerts around the world for 40 years. Ultimately my Quartet won the coveted International Barbershop Quartet Championship in 2004. I have two children, both married, and a beautiful baby granddaughter. I have been blessed to serve this community and look forward to doing so for many years to come. I enjoy coming to the office everyday and I’m encouraged the company of my wonderful staff and patients. I look forward to meeting you. At our office, we have a relaxed atmosphere. There’s a open reception area that allows me meet, greet and answer any questions that our clients may have. We have a great play area for kids and many of our adult patients have a great time in our waiting room. On any given day, a spontaneous “party” can happen in the front area while serious dentistry is getting performed. We take pride in getting to know our patients and making them feel comfortable, like family, and not just an anonymous face off the street. This is what sets us apart from any other practice in the area.
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